As identity theft continues to rise in an increasingly digitally connected world, government officials around the world are turning to biometrics and mobile ID cards to tackle a costly and dangerous problem.
Government-backed digital identification like digital driver’s licenses is advancing in countries like Malaysia and Singapore. Almost all parts of the world are working on some sort of plan that will make verifying a person’s identity safe, transparent and reliable.
In Nigeria, the government recently reported that at least 66 million citizens and legal residents have received digital identifiers in the form of National Identification Numbers (NINs) by registering their biometrics with the program.
Meanwhile, organizations like the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are also in talks about adopting a government-backed digital ID program like mobile driver’s licenses.
In the latest Digital Identity TrackerÂ®, produced in collaboration with Jumio, PYMNTS examines how and why government-backed digital identities are taking shape globally and examines the role these tools could play in the future of the digital world.
Download the report: TSA sees biometrics and mobile driver’s licenses as next-generation verification tool for air travel
Some 44% of companies surveyed said they want to boost their reputation as a digital identity date, according to the PYMNTS December tracker. Almost half of large companies surveyed said having digital processes in place for customer verification was more important this year than last year.
Identifying passengers for air travel has always been key, but in the wake of the global pandemic, digital measurements are accelerating.
âFrom my perspective, the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way TSA has to fulfill its mission,â TSA Identity Management Capabilities Manager Jason Lim told PYMNTS.
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“We must continue to improve [the agencyâs] safety effectiveness while prioritizing the health and safety of TSA officers and the traveling public, âsaid Lim. âOur efforts to automate the traveler identity verification process through the use of mobile driver’s licenses support the agency’s focus on reducing touchpoints for travelers and pave the way for an experience. travel smoother while protecting passenger privacy and civil liberties. “